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Fulbright Winners Head to Africa and Asia

Martha O’Donovan (BA ’14) and Karina Altamirano (BA ’15) Awarded International Travel-Study Grants

Dec 17, 2014

O'Donovan and Altamirano

O'Donovan and Altamirano

The United States Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs named two Gallatin students with Fulbright awards in 2014: Martha O’Donovan (BA ’14) and Karina Altamirano (BA ’15). The Fulbright US Student Program awards approximately 1,900 grants annually to US undergraduate and graduate students. For the past 68 years, the Fulbright Program has provided students, scholars, and professionals an opportunity to pursue advanced research projects, graduate study, and teaching assistantships in more than 140 countries worldwide. Sponsored by the US Department of State, the Fulbright Program is the largest US international exchange program.

O’Donovan was awarded a Fulbright-mtvU fellowship to travel to Zambia. A partnership between Fulbright and MTV University (mtvU), the 2014 Fulbright-mtvU Fellows program sent five scholars from the US to conduct research around projects that are designed to promote “the power of music” as a global force for mutual understanding. O’Donovan will build on her earlier research experiences in Africa and to look closely at how young men and women in Zambia express themselves individually and collectively through music culture. “The forms of their expression not only illuminate how youth project their dynamic identities, but also introduce new questions about the city and its citizens into the public sphere,” says O’Donovan. Her research will focus on aspiring artists as well as individuals who reproduce this culture by participating in social spaces such as at music festivals or clubs.

Altamirano was one of sixteen students chosen from a pool of applicants across the US and awarded a Fulbright-Hays scholarship to study and intern under the Fulbright China Program. Beginning in January 2015, she will live and study in Xi'an at Shaanxi Normal University, conducting research on the Chinese political economy and Chinese-American business relations, and interning at a Chinese company. Altamirano is developing a concentration in international business with a minor in economics, and plans to write a senior project about her experience in China as it relates to the Chinese political economy.

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